It has been documented in many books in English, most recently Pink Box. For those who can read Japanese, there is another window into this slightly hidden but nearly omnipresent world: brothel guides, published as monthly magazines. These magazines include Manzoku and Naitai , to name but two. The adult section of books and magazines was prominently displayed on the shelf facing the entrance of the store. A small sign warned that those 18 and under were not allowed to browse. Much of the harder core material was moreover wrapped in clear plastic.
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Pedestrians walk at a scramble crossing at Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo, Japan September 15, Two large chains, 7-Eleven Japan Co. Women are still seen as sex objects and not treated equally," she added. The distribution of pornography, including sexually explicit manga comic books, is common in Japan. It has been blamed by activists for contributing towards sexual violence against women. Japan was the last developed nation to criminalise possession of child pornography in , as publishers opposed what they said were restrictions on freedom of expression.
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Porn magazines once lined the aisles of Japanese convenience stores. Usually tucked away to one side, cover models clad in minimal clothing smiled down at customers and enticed them to pick up a copy, until internet porn gradually took the place of nudity printed on dead trees. In the years since Japan won the bid to host the Games, complaints mounted that the magazine covers were offensive to women and inappropriate in front of children. While the COVID pandemic has cast uncertainty over whether the Tokyo games this summer will have any overseas spectators , the decisions to pull the adult publications off the shelves seem to be irreversible. Still, visitors to a Lawson outlet today will still be greeted with magazines featuring scantily clad women on their covers.